Strange Worlds - Avon


Strange Worlds

Avon's Strange Worlds #4 (Jan. 1952). Cover art by penciler Wally Wood and unknown inker.
Publication information
Publisher Avon Comics
Schedule Bimonthly
Format anthology
Publication date Nov. 1950 – Sept./Oct. 1955
Number of issues 15
Creative team
Artist(s) Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Charles Sultan, Alvin Hollingsworth

The first comic-book series to be titled Strange Worlds ran 15 issues published in two sequences by Avon Comics. Issues #1-10 ran cover-dated November 1950 to November 1952. No issues #11-17 were released, and the series began publication again with #18, having taken over the numbering of the defunct Avon comic Eerie. This second sequence ran through issue #22 (Oct./Nov. 1954 - Sept./Oct. 1955). One ongoing feature in the otherwise anthological title was "Kenton of the Star Patrol".

While Avon was a minor comics publisher in relation to such contemporaneous industry leaders as Atlas Comics, DC Comics, and EC Comics, the series featured artwork by such top talents as Wally Wood, who would soon go on to become an industry star at EC; Joe Kubert, later a signature artist of DC's Hawkman and Sgt. Rock; portrait painter Everett Raymond Kinstler and Western-art painter Charles Sultan, early in their careers; and seminal African-American comics artist Alvin C. Hollingsworth a.k.a. Alvin Holly.

Reprinted stories include:

  • #3: "The Alien Raiders" (Kenton of the Star Patrol), by artist Wally Wood
reprinted Golden-Age Greats Volume 12 (Paragon Publications / AC Comics, 1998)
  • #8: "Death on the Earth-Mars Run", by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler
reprinted The Heap #1 (Skywald Publications, Sept. 1971)
  • #8: "The Thing on the Broken Balcony", by artist Alvin C. Hollingsworth
reprinted The Heap #1 (Skywald Publications, Sept. 1971; retitled "Curse of the Broken Balcony")

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